Do You Have A Right To Wear Google Glass In A Movie Theater?

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 4:08pm PST

Not according to AMC, you don’t — which a Columbus, Ohio, man discovered the hard way Saturday night when he and his wife went through a 3 1/2-hour ordeal at the AMC Easton 30, where he wore his Google Glass with prescription lenses to a showing of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Google GlassFor those who don’t follow tech news, Google Glass is a kind of eyewear that shows computer information to the user on a tiny screen — but also has a built-in camera capable of recording video. About an hour into the movie, the man told website Gadgeteer, “a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says ‘follow me outside immediately’.” The official, with others, was from the Department of Homeland Security, which handles movie theft cases. The moviegoer said there was a misunderstanding and that he wasn’t recording anything. “They wanted to know where I got Glass and how did I came by having it.” After telling them that he had applied for the Google explorer program, “I offered to show them receipt and Google Glass website if they would allow me to access any computer with internet. Of course, that was not an option. Then they wanted to know what does Google ask of me in exchange for Glass, how much is Google paying me, who is my boss and why am I recording the movie.” Read More »

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MPAA Asks U.S. Trade Rep To Add Australia, Brazil, Northern Ireland, And Mexico To List Of “Notorious” Piracy Enablers

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 8:50am PDT

The Hollywood lobby group responded to a request from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for names of countries that it should consider including in its list of “notorious markets” to penalize for failing to crack down on piracy. The MPAA’s … Read More »

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20th Century Fox Putting End Cards On Films Now To Explain True Cost Of Piracy; UPDATE: Idea Was Vice President Biden’s

By | Sunday October 28, 2012 @ 12:40pm PDT

SUNDAY UPDATE: Twentieth Century Fox Film Chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos tells me that the end card anti-piracy project was suggested by the Obama administration. “It was actually an idea of Vice President Biden’s when we visited him during a MPAA Board meeting earlier this year. We thought it was an … Read More »

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Movie Pirate Caught Filming At CinemaCon

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 12:30am PDT

Interestingly, CinemaCon executives tonight warned the audience that security personnel were using night-vision goggles and other technologies to nab potential movie pirates. It seems to have worked: CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Nauhauser said one person was caught filming and turned … Read More »

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‘Wolverine’ Pirate To Serve Year In Prison

By | Monday December 19, 2011 @ 5:22pm PST

LOS ANGELES – A New York man who admitted illegally uploading to the Internet a pirated, nearly final “workprint” copy of the movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was sentenced this afternoon to one year in federal prison.

Gilberto Sanchez, 49,

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White House Teams With Media Companies To Warn Against Pirated Merchandise

Obama administration officials unveiled today a series of TV, radio, print, and Internet public-service ads that link bogus goods including pirated movies and music with higher crime, lost jobs, and child labor. Intellectual property crimes “are anything but victimless,” Attorney General Eric Holder said, … Read More »

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MPAA: Movie Piracy Downright Un-American

By | Wednesday April 6, 2011 @ 8:22am PDT
Mike Fleming

In a hearing held today by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet Subcommittee on the negative impacts of movie content thieves, MPAA vice president Michael O’Leary made the battle against movie pirates sound downright patriotic. … Read More »

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Bad Day For Los Angeles Movie Pirates

By | Wednesday December 22, 2010 @ 2:11pm PST
Mike Fleming

The Los Angeles Anti-Piracy Task Force today announced that it made 10 arrests and seized over $4 million in pirated product. At the same time, the website TorrentFreak claims that the record setting film Avatar was the most illegally downloaded film with over 16 million lifts, while blockbusters like Inception Read More »

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Convictions Upheld In Showbiz Piracy Case

By | Friday November 26, 2010 @ 9:12am PST

The Motion Picture Association which reps Paramount, Sony, Fox, Universal, Disney, and Warner Bros in the global marketplace released this notice today:

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — The Court of Appeals in Sweden this afternoon upheld the criminal convictions for copyright infringement against three of the

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U.S. Senate Panel Crack Down On Piracy

By | Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 8:10am PST
Mike Fleming

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved legislation to provide the Justice Department with new tools to crack down on the theft and distribution of illegal digital movies, television shows and other counterfeit material by rogue websites on the Internet. The following is a statement by Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA):

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MPAA Urges Japan On Pic Pirate Issue

By | Thursday October 21, 2010 @ 8:03am PDT
Mike Fleming

Singapore/Tokyo – In his keynote speech at a forum on measures to tackle online piracy at the Tokyo International Film Festival on 21 October, Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) called for “forward-thinking” initiatives such as the introduction of a Graduated Response mechanism

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